CLARA
Clairemont Repeater Association
Emergency first, courtesy always

Welcome

Welcome to the home of the Clairemont Repeater Association.

CLARA is a non-profit service organization serving most of the Southern California Amateur Radio area. Visitors are welcome to use our repeater systems for short QSOs as long as they practice courteous and considerate operating procedures. Join us if you are looking for a great repeater group, want to expand your Amateur Radio experiences, and would like to make friends along the way. Learn more.

Upcoming Events: The next CLARA breakfast will be on Saturday, March 16th, and the next CLARA tailgate party will be on Saturday, April 20th. See the sidebar for details.

News

Net News

The popular Ham in the Hotseat net will resume this week, immediately following the CLARA Information net on Tuesdays at 7pm. Ham in the Hotseat is an opportunity to learn more about the people you hear on the radio, and ask them some questions if you'd like. Join us to learn more about:

The Friday night Ready Net is suspended for the time being because the host is no longer available.

If you would like to volunteer for Ham in the Hotseat, or are interested in getting involved in CLARA nets, please reach out to us using the Contact link at the bottom of the page.

February Tailgate Party

CLARA held a tailgate party on February 17th in Tustin, with a strong turnout of 33 members, associates, and friends, plus a few dogs. It was a fun evening with multiple repeater groups represented.

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Photo credit goes to Dale, WE6ER, Steve, K6ITR, and Darcy, WI6ORG.

New Members and Associates

We extend a warm welcome to the following new Members and Associates!

  • Adam, KO6CEE
  • Alex, KJ6RUB
  • Dana, KE6ESH
  • Dave, KD6DDM
  • George, AK6ET
  • Mike, K6OLY
  • Neil, KN6NNJ
  • Peter, WD6DVD
  • Rich, N6WPX
(If you expected to see your name here and it's not, don't worry. A few applications are still pending and will be published as soon as we have all the information.)

January Breakfast Meeting

The bi-monthly breakfast meeting was held on January 20th. Congratulations to Alex, KJ6RUB, for winning the $150 HRO gift certificate and a KD6DDM hat.

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Photo credit goes to Steve, K6ITR, and Jade, K6JDJ.

Volunteers Needed for KPARN

The Kaiser Permanente Amateur Radio Network (KPARN) is requesting additional FCC licensed amateur radio operators to volunteer for public service communication activity at the two Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Irvine and Anaheim.

The KPARN net is the fourth Wednesday of every month from the radio room in the hospital. The radio equipment is installed at the hospital, with temperature control and built-in emergency power; no “go kits” or other field-type resources are required. Volunteers will need to attend orientation, including three FEMA online classes (ICS 100, 200 & 700), a California SEMS online class, and a hospital orientation presentation with a brief tour of the hospital. Each of these training activities requires about an hour to complete. Photo ID badges are issued to applicants who complete the orientation.

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, please visit the web site (www.KPARN.org) for further information and a volunteer application form, or email KPARN dot org at gmail dot com.

December Tailgate Party

CLARA held a tailgate-style holiday party on December 16th in Tustin, with a strong turnout of 30 members, associates, and friends. People brought food to share, including several varieties of chili and cornbread, rolls, pickled jalapenos, Mexican-style hot chocolate, and tasty desserts. It was a fun evening with something for everyone; there were candy-making and metal detector demonstrations, a drone, some wheeled toys for adult boys, radio reprogramming, and a collection for Toys for Tots.

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New Club Call Sign

CLARA has a new club call sign, N6CRA, short for Clairemont Repeater Association. The new club call sign will be used for CLARA events such as Field Day.

Trip to Santiago Peak

Part of the CLARA tech team visited Santiago Peak over the weekend for routine repeater maintenance. Pictured near the peak are Bob, KD6IOW; Dale, WE6ER; Jeff, N6JSV; and Steve, K6ITR. A couple of goats also made a surprise appearance.

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CLARA Field Day featured in QST Magazine

The December 2023 issue of the QST Magazine, page 66, features CLARA at Field Day 2023 with a nice group photo taken by Dave, W6DLR. ARRL members can view the full QST magazine online at ARRL.org.

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Reprinted with permission, December 2023 QST; copyright ARRL.

Amateur Radio Test Sessions at Irvine Valley College

Looking for an amateur radio test session near you? The Irvine Valley College Amateur Radio Club is now offering test sessions in Irvine. To find upcoming test sessions near you, check hamstudy.org.

November Breakfast Meeting

The bi-monthly breakfast meeting on November 18th was well-attended. Highlights include:

  • Steve, K6ITR, gave an update on the tech team's trip to Santiago Peak to do a maintenance and wellness check on the repeater. Steve said the repeater now has a 3-minute timeout.
  • The proposed update to the CLARA Bylaws was approved. The bylaws can now be accessed from the bottom of the Membership page.
  • Dave, W6DLR, showed the December issue of QST magazine featuring CLARA Field Day 2023, and said CLARA is planning a weekend camping trip for Field Day 2024 (June 22). The proposed location is Rolling M Ranch in Chino Hills State Park. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Every Christmas season, CLARA supports Toys for Tots, a US Marine Corps Foundation that provides gifts to children in need. If you'd like to donate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the December tailgate party.
  • Congratulations to Jade, K6JDJ, for winning the raffle.
  • Congratulations to Garrett, KN6NYR, for being voted in as a Member.
  • Welcome to new Associates, Hank, KO6H, and Carl, KO6BUB!
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Photo credit goes to Darcy, WI6ORG.

Full Moon Hike

Several CLARA members and friends enjoyed a hike Friday evening on Santiago Truck Trail in Modjeska Canyon. It was a fun evening, complete with costumes, giant spiders, and a lovely sunset followed by a bright full moon.

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If you are interested in participating in events like this in the future, join the CLARA weekly nets, and follow The Unofficial 145.220 Repeater Group on Facebook.

Photo credit goes to Jade, K6JDJ; Eric, K6EDK; and Darcy, WI6ORG.

New Associates

We extend a warm welcome to new Associates Tom, WA6TZ, and Greg, KC6PCB!

Tailgate Video

Thanks to Mike, N6QG, we have a video of the tailgate party with a bird's eye view from his drone.

October Tailgate Party

CLARA had a bi-monthly tailgate party on October 21st. It was held in Corona, and was well attended by radio enthusiasts from both sides of the mountain. It was a nice evening with friends, perfect weather, dogs, a drone, and lots of fun conversations.

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Photo credit goes to Jade, K6JDJ; and Jeff, N6JSV.

STEM Net is now Recorded

The Thursday night STEM Net by Dale (WE6ER) is now being recorded and published at CLARA 145.220 STEM Net on Spotify. Thanks to Kevin (AJ6EE) for setting this up, and doing the recording and editing.

September Breakfast Meeting

CLARA had a bi-monthly breakfast meeting on September 16th. Topics included board member reports, updates to the website, a proposed new logo for stickers and/or shirts, and a proposed update to the CLARA bylaws. Voting members who were not in attendance will receive a voting package by email for the bylaws. Congratulations to Dale, WE6ER, for winning the HRO gift certificate. Welcome to new Associates Ruben, KN6ZJM, and Neal, KM6YY!

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Photo credit goes to Darcy, WI6ORG.

New Website

CLARA has a new website. If you see any issues, please contact us.

CLARA Board Elections

CLARA board elections for the 2023-2024 year were held on July 15th. Congratulations to the new and re-elected board members:

PresidentJade, K6JDJ
First Vice PresidentJeff, N6JSV
Second Vice PresidentGeorge, KM6AFI
TreasurerDale, WE6ER
SecretaryDave, W6DLR
First Member at LargeEric, K6EDK
Second Member at LargeJohn, K6JG
Third Member at LargeBobby, KD6IOW

Steve, K6ITR, continues as the CLARA trustee.



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